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The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

Hello Dear Followers,

Have you ever found a book in your life that changed everything for you? Many years ago, I found “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. When I discovered this book, I was about 22-years-old and working at a salon and spa here in Connecticut.

At the time I was in a terribly dark place in my life and this book changed everything for me and how I viewed the world at the time. It was definitely a book that became an instant favorite that I never forgot as I got older. It was recommended to me by someone I had worked with at the spa who knew of this dark place I was in.

It taught me that every place and everyone you meet you were meant to. At the time I didn’t know how much of that I believed or wanted to believe, but I was instantly glued to this book and finished it in a matter of 24 hours.

Flash forward 14 years, and the author came out with a sequel. “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.” I was so excited, I honestly thought this was the universe’s way of providing a comfort again.

And I have to say, I loved this book, but it didn’t do the thing for me as the first one did. It wasn’t until the very last page, where the author says, “She would tell her that all endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time.”

This was probably the only line that resonates with me at this moment. In the last couple of years I’ve seen endings and while I am still working through those endings without any explanation or cause, I have seen a world of beginnings take shape in my life. I may never know why the endings happened, but maybe I am not supposed to, not yet.

I’d like to believe that I have been protected from what isn’t meant to be part of my life and that whatever comes next is much better than whatever was left behind.

Other than this, I honestly don’t have any other reaction to this book, which I think it also great, because often times we cling to things we think we need not realizing we’re our own savior that no book, person or event can help us with.

I was much too young during my first darkness and today there is so much light in my life that the darkness I once felt so many years ago cannot and will not rear its head again.

Until next time!

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